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12/27/12 1:47 P

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Once I got over the intimidation of the 4 needles, it wasn't so bad. The first heel was scary, but they've gotten easier with time and people seem to be SO impressed with them. I don't knit fancy ones, though--just a simple stitch that I don't have to think about.

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12/24/12 1:50 A

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Socks are a thorn in my side. I have a pair I've been working on for a little over a year now. I don't think they will ever get done. Once they are I think I'll be afraid to wear them. BTW-I won't be doing another pair in the near future. Say 10 years or better. LOL!!


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12/17/12 9:12 A

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That's great! My DIL#2 loves purple and I knitted purple mother & daughter socks for her birthdays last year and again this year. The baby is only 2 yo, so the little socks knit up quickly and are SO cute!

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12/17/12 1:41 A

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emoticon Since chatting last, I got to talk on the phone to Fat Cat a buddy I met here. She came to Nashville a while back and I gave her a pair for her Birthday. She said they maybe coming to see me this holiday season. May I please make her another pair in deep purple? emoticon I got the yarn. I have started them and ripped them apart twice now. Once I get back in the groove I'll be alright. I don't use a pattern and I was having trouble getting the sizing right. I'm pretty sure I got it now.


"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED to something, you accept NO EXCUSES; only results."

I tired of being sick and tired all the time!! Time to do something about it!!

And This Too Shall Pass.

LIFE is like an echo..........


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12/16/12 11:13 A

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12/15/12 6:34 P

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blue. I was just teasing you two. :)

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12/15/12 3:24 P

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I might just send you some, Tina! LOL What's your favorite color?

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12/15/12 2:34 P

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Well, I may need a sample pair from each of you to see the difference. emoticon

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12/14/12 10:35 A

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I do mine on double-point needles just like my socks. Once I got over being intimidated by the use of more than two needles, I was fine.

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12/14/12 12:02 A

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An easy way to do the fingerless mittens is to do your rectangle. Make one end a bit wider than the other. Slip stitch the two long sides together. Leaving a hole for the thumb. It may not be the proper way, but they work. People love them. My DD has two sets per her request. A friend of hers wants a set. And Fat Cat, a SP, Buddy has requested her second set. I pick up her yarn today. She maybe coming to see me for Christmas. :)

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED to something, you accept NO EXCUSES; only results."

I tired of being sick and tired all the time!! Time to do something about it!!

And This Too Shall Pass.

LIFE is like an echo..........


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12/13/12 10:46 P

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Dishcloths totally count, Tina! Fingerless mittens is what I'm working on right now!


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12/13/12 10:21 A

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Those fingerless mittens sound like more work! I could use some of those in the office. My hands get cold while I'm typing all day. lol

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12/13/12 1:38 A

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Yep. My shopping done.

Yes, dishcloths count, blankets, scarfs, shawls, fingerless mittens, hats, that is all I can make.



"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED to something, you accept NO EXCUSES; only results."

I tired of being sick and tired all the time!! Time to do something about it!!

And This Too Shall Pass.

LIFE is like an echo..........


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That's his loss! Sounds like you got pretty much all your shopping done then. Wow!

I learned to knit and crochet, but never really got past rectangles. lol I enjoy making dishcloths, if that counts. :)

I'm back to the basics with sewing. That's why my plan is pillowcases. That and to save the few I have from the kids. ;)

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Reading about Paleo and Raw Food diets is inspiring changes in My diet! Just enough to want to add lots of veggies!


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12/11/12 11:41 P

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Hi Everyone. I did go out Wicked Thursday and Black Friday. My MIL had knee surgery and isn't eating well so we've postponed our Thanksgiving dinner until????? Why do I call it Wicked Thursday you may ask? Is because I got up at 830 am with a call from my Dad. He called to say, "Happy Thanksgiving", but it turned into, "I'm celebrating with my replacement family at a country club. No, you nor your sister were not invited because you aren't your step-mother's blood." I got to start my day as an unwanted toy. My DH, DD, and DS went out at 4am to get me a paper with the sales ads. They got hot chocolate in trade. We all went through the paper seeing where the best deals were when. I then called my sister to see when we were meeting up. DD and I went to our first store at 230pm. Back home to pick up DH. We went to Walmart 530pm DS went to stay with the grand parents. We were able to fill all of our list, plus my sister's, and a friend of mine. We came home to off load our stuff. 1030pm DD and I then went to Target. We were able to fill 3 lists there. Home again 12am. Took a nap. Out the door at 100am. Meet my sister and we did the mall thing, Home Depot, and some other stores. We had two cars. I went with my sister. We got back home to stay at 1pm Friday. We got some great deals. We got things for the house we really needed. I was able to help a friend. I got paid back for the things I picked up for others. I think I should hire myself and my team out for those that don't want to get out in the mess of crowds. We really had a great time. Its like a sport for us.

Sewing and I have tried to get along. It doesn't go so well for me. I have managed to learn to knit. I also crochet. I enjoy scrap booking.

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED to something, you accept NO EXCUSES; only results."

I tired of being sick and tired all the time!! Time to do something about it!!

And This Too Shall Pass.

LIFE is like an echo..........


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12/4/12 9:01 P

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My mom must have taught me the basics of sewing. I didn't take a sewing class til college, tho did my homemade clothes before that. Go figure!

Tina

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Melody, I had Home Ec all the way through high school, but I'm sure I'm older than you. I'm not sure when they stopped teaching it as my older kids remember there being a Home Ec. teacher when they went to public high school, but when she retired they didn't replace her. When I was in school, we had a semester of Cooking/Home Arts (like budgeting, meal planning, interior design, etc) and a semester of Textiles (sewing, knitting, crochet or nearly anything we were interested in).

I think buttons are easier but the buttonholes can be tricky. One buttonhole on a waistband is no big deal, but a skirt that buttons all the way down the front is probably not the way to learn because they don't always come out straight and you can't hide them. That's why learning on pajamas is the way to go, IMO--no one sees them!

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12/3/12 11:59 P

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Welcome Terri/Doyle Mom~
Glad to hear you were able to celebrate Thanksgiving (albeit late, that doesn't matter, right?), with your sister and her family. Wow, Poinsettias for only a dollar? I'd swoop on that deal too. Way to go. I don't know anywhere in my area where I could get Poinsettias for $5 let alone a buck.

TerriJ, Thank you for your offer to help. I will definitely take you up on the offer. I think I'll start with a skirt. Something simple. Would you say buttons or zippers are easier?

Am I the only one that didn't have sewing in school? I think it was one of the first things cut from Cali classes. I only had the option of a cooking class in junior high school and neither in high school.

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Hi Terri! So glad to see a new face :)

You all can just call me TerriJ if that will help. Let us know how your projects turn out, Melody and Terri. If you have any questions I can help with, feel free to ask.

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12/3/12 9:29 P

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Glad you could join us, Terri! We'll rely on your picture to identify you. ;) Glad you've joined us! My mil always loved poinsettas, and I have a poinsetta shaped candle holder for Christmas. Bought it as one of those home parties years ago, but it's one of my favorite things.

I sewed some of my clothes back in jr high, too. Don't think I did buttonholes til I took a sewing class in college. Let us know how you progress!

Tina

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12/3/12 9:30 A

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I don't usually do the Black Friday thing, but we did this year. We didn't celebrate Thanksgiving until this last Saturday (Dec 1) because my sister's family couldn't come down for Thanksgiving. We called it Thanks Christmas and it was wonderful. However, we were painting the week of Thanksgiving and did go out for more paint on Black Friday. While I was there the Poinsettias were $1 a piece so I got 2 for me, 2 for my mom, and 2 for my sister. They are just so pretty (look like $5 plants). So, that was it for Black Friday.

My mom bought the girls a sewing machine. I used to sew when I was a kid. I made skirts for Wednesday nights and really simple stuff like pillows. I made a pair of JAMS in 7ths grade (wild hawaiian knee shorts) but nothing with a fitted waist or button holes. Anyway, we are going to try to learn to sew together from Youtube videos. My girls are 11 and 14 and they are confident that we will be experts. LOL. Glad to be on this team. My name is Terri too, but since there is already a Terri, just call me Doyle, or Doyle Mom.

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11/29/12 11:22 P

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Thank you Terri. I've sewn quilts, and I've looked at patterns and have a general idea how to use them. I think if I get an easy pattern I should be able to accomplish something wearable. LOL As you say it is only in the house. (well, for most people, right?) Just last week, my ds and I saw a woman in the grocery store in pajamas.

If I get in a bind, I think one of my co-ops is offering sewing classes for the kids. I am sure I could beg, persuade the lady to help me. =D

Tina, is your sister younger or older than you? And how many years did it take for her to do the granola? As Terri mentions, it is a good compliment that she's taken it up. How do you make biscotti? Do you have a good recipe?

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Yes Melody, you read that right! Oh well. Yes Terri--maybe my sister was hungering for it more that once a year, too. :)
That's a good idea for learning buttonholes and collars, Terri!

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Melody, if you don't sew at all, I would recommend picking up a beginner's pattern from Joann's. You can usually get a multiple-sized pattern for under $5 even if it's not on sale and there should be someone there who can help direct you if you ask--maybe even another customer. I know that I have helped people find patterns while I was there and they asked. There are some very easy ones that will get you started and help you to build confidence.

The great thing about pajamas is that they don't have to be perfect to be enjoyed. It's not like anyone is going to see them, right? That's how I learned to do sleeves, collars and buttonholes--by making pjs for my kids.

Well Tina, I guess imitation is the highest form of praise, right?

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11/29/12 12:14 P

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Tina, did your sister steal your granola idea? Did I read that right?

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Terri, do you have a pattern recommendation for the pajama pants?



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11/28/12 12:47 A

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Biscotti would be fun!

Melody, you could start by making just the pajama pants (lounging pajamas). They are super easy and everyone loves them.

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I was making granola every year for my parents and siblings. Last year one of my sister's made several different granolas to give to each of us. What?!

I'd like to make some biscotti, too.

Tina

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11/27/12 8:02 P

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That's really cool a national forest permits cutting. I really like the annual pajama idea. I am not near as skilled as you though. I'll need to teach myself a few things before I can get to the level of making pajamas for Christmas.
I also like your biscuit mix idea. I recently did that with various beans for a soup. It's really pretty. lol

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Melody, we get permits to cut in the national forest that borders our property. It's an all-day affair that includes as much of the family as we can gather and is a great way to burn off some of the indulgences of the previous day.

I try to make pajamas for all the grandkids every Christmas. There have been years that time simply did not allow for it and I ended up buying them; however, I always try to make them myself. This year, I'm thinking of making up some baskets for each of my kids (all grown now) and filling it with some of the things I preserved this summer/fall. I have dried pears and apples, apple "honey", apple butter, and am thinking about making up a large batch of biscuit mix and putting it into quart jars with instructions. I may add a knitted dishcloth too. The thrift store always has a good selection of baskets for about .25 each.

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11/26/12 8:54 P

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Terri, Congratulations on finding your tree. The tree farm near me isn't open yet, and I've decided I don't want to cut another tree from my own land. (too prickly) I like your idea of giving homemade gifts too. It's what I have planned too.

Tina, how do you sew pillowcases? I've heard they're easy and I'd like to make some.

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I bought fabric to make pillow cases for everyone.

What are you making for gifts, Terri?

Tina

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I've committed myself to giving homemade gifts and/or buying locally insofar as it's possible this year, so no Black Friday shopping for me. We took a bunch (3 married kids & their families + a nephew and his family) up into the mountains to look for Christmas trees on Friday. No crowds, no traffic, no lines, no fist fights...made a small campfire and ate turkey and ham sandwiches and drank coffee and hot chocolate. Oh, and we each found our Christmas trees!

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I avoid the mall, a week before Thanksgiving until mid-january, like the plague.

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I did Black Friday one time with my neighbor...wasn't impressed. :) DH has picked up a few things online, but we mostly haven't gotten a darn thing. ;)

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I've reached the point (and so did my sisters and mom) where we really found nothing to make a run for. Dh wanted to go find a couple things for work yesterday, so we went out, but about 4 pm. Normal amount of folks. I did pick up a few stocking stuffers. Not sure I have a whole lot to get this year. Dd had pointed out things through the fall, so I grabbed those.

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